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In order to have a diagnosis of ADHD, symptoms must be present before age 12. These symptoms need to interfere with the child’s ability to function in at least two different environments (such as home and school) – and six or more symptoms of either inattention or hyperactivity must be present. Inattentive Symptoms: Makes careless mistakes and doesn’t pay attention to details Can’t sustain attention in school or play activities Doesn’t listen when someone is talking to them Can’t follow through on instructions and doesn’t finish tasks Can’t organize tasks or homework assignments Avoids, dislikes or doesn’t engage in tasks that aren’t interesting or require sustained effort Frequently loses things Is easily distracted Is frequently forgetful Hyperactive/Impulsive Symptoms: Is fidgety Can’t stay seated in activities where being seating is expected Runs around in situations where that behavior is inappropriate Can’t play quietly Is often on the go or “driven by a motor” Talks excessively Blurts out answers inappropriately Can’t wait his turn Frequently interrupts others

In order to have a diagnosis of ADHD, symptoms must be present before age 12. These symptoms need to interfere with the child’s ability to function in at least two different environments (such as home and school) – and six or more symptoms of either inattention or hyperactivity must be present.
Inattentive Symptoms:
Makes careless mistakes and doesn’t pay attention to details
Can’t sustain attention in school or play activities
Doesn’t listen when someone is talking to them
Can’t follow through on instructions and doesn’t finish tasks
Can’t organize tasks or homework assignments
Avoids, dislikes or doesn’t engage in tasks that aren’t interesting or require sustained effort
Frequently loses things
Is easily distracted
Is frequently forgetful

Hyperactive/Impulsive Symptoms:
Is fidgety
Can’t stay seated in activities where being seating is expected
Runs around in situations where that behavior is inappropriate
Can’t play quietly
Is often on the go or “driven by a motor”
Talks excessively
Blurts out answers inappropriately
Can’t wait his turn
Frequently interrupts others

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